How to Make the Amaryllis Flower


The amaryllis (Hippeastrum) is a popular perennial bulb often grown as a houseplant. It originated in the tropics and subtropics of South America. Amaryllis is widely coveted for the striking, 8- to 10-inch trumpet-shaped blooms it produces on long stalks in colors including red, orange, salmon, pink and white. By following a few simple steps, you can make an amaryllis bulb flower with only a small amount of planning and effort.

Step 1

Select large amaryllis bulbs with no signs of disease or decay from a garden center.

Step 2

Plant the amaryllis bulb in a garden pot that is 1 to 2 inches wider than the diameter of the bulb. Place a small amount of garden soil in the bottom of the pot, center the bulb in the pot, then fill the area around the bulb with more soil, firming the soil as you go. One-half of the amaryllis bulb should remain above the surface of the soil once planting is completed.

Step 3

Water the soil around the amaryllis liberally with tepid tap water.

Step 4

Place amaryllis bulb in a warm location that stays between 70 and 75 degrees.

Step 5

Move the amaryllis to a sunny location once new growth appears. A south-facing window with six to eight hours of daily sunlight is an ideal growing spot.

Step 6

Apply a water-soluble fertilizer to the soil every two to four weeks to encourage blooming and plant growth.

Step 7

Move the amaryllis to a slightly cooler location once the flowers begin to appear. Keeping the plant out of the direct sunlight helps prolong the life of the flowers once they bloom.

Tips and Warnings

  • Amaryllis leaves help manufacture food for the plant so it can flower. Water the plant as usual after blooming and allow the leaves to grow until fall, or the plant may not bloom the next season.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden pot with drainage holes
  • Potting soil
  • Water-soluble plant fertilizer


  • Iowa State University Extension: Growing Amaryllis
  • DeHertogh, A. A., Ph. D. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: Home Forcing of Potted Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)

Who Can Help

  • Guide to Growing Amaryllis
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Barbara Biehler is a freelance writer who has written articles for and eHow, as well as online specialty courses for She has a B.A. in English from the University of Central Florida, and over 15 years experience in business development, sales, and marketing. An avid gardener, cook, and voracious reader, Barbara resides with her family near Nashville, Tennessee.